The Callie Crossley Show

A production of  
  

Thurs., Nov. 3
Making Do With Less

Making Do with Less

During this recession - whether we're still at the beginning, somewhere in the murky middle, or slowly digging out - people have had to make hard choices. No money and no jobs means cutting budgets down to the bone, doing things yourself, or just plain doing without. That harmless cup of coffee on your way to work adds up. Same goes for gym memberships, cable, Netflix, mani-pedis and yard service - all nice to have, all adding to your bottom line.

Savvy shoppers clip coupons, thrift and "freecycle" to keep costs low. Some grow and can their own veggies and cut their own hair. But even a DIY, roll-up-your-sleeves ethos may crumble at the first sign of a Groupon email blast or a Marshalls sale. Saving is well and good, but it's hard, and we're a country that has learned to love little luxuries.

We want to hear from you this hour. What has your family decided to do to save a little money? What can you NOT live without, even if it does cost a little money? Can you live without Netflix or cable? Would you cut your own hair? How hard would it be to stop ordering in Chinese food or the occasional pizza?  Leave us a comment on our Facebook page or Tweet us: @CallieCrossley.

Guests:
Natalie McNeal runs the personal finance blog The Frugalista, where she writes about being "frugal and fabulous." She's also the author of The Frugalista Files.

Joel Schwartz is Director of Moving from Debt to Assets at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

Timothy Wilson is a professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is co-author of a 2010 research paper about how our happiness is affected by the way we spend our money. He's the author of the new book, Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change.
Support for WGBH is provided by:
Become a WGBH sponsor
Sign Up

Subscribe to WGBH News Emails
 

   

 

ABOUT THE CALLIE CROSSLEY SHOW

Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

myWGBH

Forgot your my WGBH Password?

Not a problem. Just enter the username you used to register below.


Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Password?

Instructions on how to reset your Password have been sent.
Check your email to continue.

Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Username?

Not a problem. Just enter the email address you used to register below.


Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Forgot your my WGBH Username?

Instructions on how to reset your Username have been sent.
Check your email to continue.

Or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT

Register for myWGBH